No statewide travel ban issued, but Baker says stay off the roads

BOSTON (WWLP) – It finally looks like a New England winter in Massachusetts. Numerous communities are buried beneath a foot of snow or more.

Governor Baker said most cities and towns could expect one foot of snow or more during this storm. The Department of Transportation urged drivers to stay off the roads, and if you must travel you’re asked to not crowd the plows.

Governor Baker repeated that sentiment at a press conference at MEMA headquarters on Thursday. “We want everybody to not to crowd the plows. Have we said that often enough? Don’t crowd the plows.” The Governor is also asking residents to check on elderly neighbors as the snow fades throughout the night.

There have been numerous spin-outs across the state. MassDOT recommends keeping a safe distance between you and other vehicles.

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said that once the snow stops, the state will be ready for the clean-up. “Planning is already underway for after the storm ends to make sure that the clean up continues and that the roads are properly pre-treated for tomorrow morning’s rush hour.”

It was a day off from work and school for a lot of Boston residents who didn’t let the weather keep them indoors. Dozens of people ventured out to the Boston Common to sled, snowboard and to take in the view of the city blanketed in snow.

“We don’t have a sled, so we’ve been rolling down the hill,” Gabrielle Turi said. “Just enjoying it outside.” Claire Truesdale said that “If you have a tube, the snow is perfect. but you just don’t want to go over a curb because that can get a little hard.”

Once the snow slows down in Boston, the state plans to get the roads cleared and ready, just in time for the busy morning commute.